Ruby, with its deep red fire, is the birthstone of July. One of the most sought-after pieces in history, ruby is the ubiquitous symbol of value and treasure. Gracing pharaohs, kings, and emperors for millennia, ruby is one of the four precious stones, along with emerald, sapphire, and diamond.
Translated to “king of the gems” in Sanskrit, ruby was long believed to protect its wearers from misfortune or ill health. Other qualities ruby supposedly bestows include wisdom, success, and healing powers.
Ruby is also incredibly strong – only diamond and moissanite are harder. This combination of strength and durability, along with its brilliant red hue, make it one of the world’s most desirable precious gems.